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American truck On FSU tour
« on: April 15, 2008, 01:25:40 PM »
As some of you may know, we take a few cars up to Estonia now and again. One such drive is documented here that we did last year.

So a while ago we imported a Dodge Ram from the US to the UK. A guy in Estonia wanted it, so last week Mrs Manny and I set off for Estonia in it. So after covering 252000 miles in the US, this truck did a few thousand miles across the Atlantic, (OK on a boat, it cheated) and last week another couple of thousand miles into the FSU. Hoorah for American trucks.  :gousa:

So I only got a couple of shots of any note but I thought they were fun so they are below.

This is in Suwalki in Northern Poland, just before the outer border of the FSU.

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In case your FSU geography is a bit faint, that is where the red circle is on this map.

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This one is outside the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn Estonia.

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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2008, 07:37:47 AM »
Just out of curiosity, how do the locals react to such a vehicle ?

Is there an equivalent vehicle that they have ?

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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2008, 08:03:53 AM »
Well the guy who is buying it has a smaller Dodge pickup already, there are quite a few Navigators and other big 4x4's out there.

There are a few specific US car dealers that have sprang up, some importing directly or via Finland. So it is not so unusual now really.

I am planning to take a Mustang up there maybe at the end of the month if we get a hot potential buyer or two on it.

American, Japanese and German cars are starting to dominate the roads there now. Very seldom do you see a Lada anymore.

It was a rarer sight going through rural Poland and East Germany really, people were craning their necks and nudging each other and pointing at it there. The cops stopped me near Warsaw just to have a nosey I think, he was more interested in looking inside than at the documents.
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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2008, 09:23:10 AM »

I am planning to take a Mustang up there maybe at the end of the month if we get a hot potential buyer or two on it.

I saw two brand new souped up Mustangs in Chernivsti a couple of weeks ago, I thought about you and nearly took a picture, then I came to my senses and decided it wasn't really wise  ;D

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2008, 04:22:54 PM »
Cool Manny. When I was in Romania, I spoke (fiancee translated) with a guy who was going to another country near by to buy a used Dodge truck... he added that Dodge has a factory somewhere in eastern Europe.

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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2008, 06:04:11 AM »
I just took a Mustang up there via the same route recently. So I decided to get the same shot....



Yup I got busted by the German cops again!  >:(

Damn plain cars!



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I got busted again in Poland for overtaking over a solid white line (as everyone does in Poland) and that cost me a £20 bribe. (My wife convinced him £20 was worth 50 Euros.)  :chuckle:

Good ol' yank cars!  :gousa:
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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2008, 07:23:42 AM »
I saw an old Dodge Dynasty in south west Russia a few years back.  I had to be a late 70s or early 80s model.  I didn't notice it until my girl said something.
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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2008, 07:52:20 AM »
Hello Manny:

I have a rather large commission coming in the next 60 days ... I read about your cars to russia site and the process was informative.  Let me know by PM if you like what the paperwork requirements are and a list of preferred vehicles and I will keep my eyes open.

Our local Auto wholesaler is selling big US trucks and vehicles for starters $5K BELOW average Book value as people are dumping them for hypermilers.

He told me that he has never seen a situation like this where people are taking $5K+ losses on excellent safe big US vehicles and buying little hypermiler Hybrid Toyotas/Hondas etc., for a $5K+ premium over list.

Would be fun to document a trip report from New Hampshire USA as a "hitchhiker" to UK and FSU from the vehicles "eye view".

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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2008, 11:26:44 AM »
As some of you may know, we take a few cars up to Estonia now and again. One such drive is documented here that we did last year.

So a while ago we imported a Dodge Ram from the US to the UK. A guy in Estonia wanted it, so last week Mrs Manny and I set off for Estonia in it. So after covering 252000 miles in the US, this truck did a few thousand miles across the Atlantic, (OK on a boat, it cheated) and last week another couple of thousand miles into the FSU. Hoorah for American trucks.  :gousa:

So I only got a couple of shots of any note but I thought they were fun so they are below.

This is in Suwalki in Northern Poland, just before the outer border of the FSU.

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In case your FSU geography is a bit faint, that is where the red circle is on this map.

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This one is outside the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn Estonia.

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Cmon Manny, you couldn't get the man a Ram with a Hemi?
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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2008, 11:42:44 AM »
The Ram was a diesel, people go crazy for diesel in Europe. We dont have the laughably cheap fuel that you guys have.  :)
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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2008, 11:44:31 AM »
The Ram was a diesel, people go crazy for diesel in Europe. We dont have the laughably cheap fuel that you guys have.  :)
I figured it was a diesel with the miles on it.  Looks exactly like the 99 Ram I had with the V-10, one of 6 Ram's I have owned.
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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2008, 08:48:57 PM »
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram diesel 4X4 with 6 speed standard. That truck is like a tractor when it comes to pulling.

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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2008, 11:08:42 PM »
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram diesel 4X4 with 6 speed standard. That truck is like a tractor when it comes to pulling.
Right now I have a 2005 SRT10 Ram, but it sits mostly because of gas prices.  I just drive the Avenger around, 31mpg is better than 8-10mpg.
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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2008, 02:51:27 PM »
Why is it called a truck?

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Re: American truck On FSU tour
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2008, 03:03:30 PM »
That thing went BBRRMMM BRRRRMMMM BBBRRRMMM.

I think they make them by stealing tractor engines and wrapping metal round them!

The Mustang seems a little more civilised.
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